Yomiuri and Mainichi wrote from Seoul that during a meeting between South Korean President Moon and Seoul-based foreign business leaders held at the Blue House on Thursday, a Japanese participant reportedly urged the ROK leader to take proper measures in response to what he described as worrisome developments in bilateral relations. According to the papers, the Japanese executive apparently made the remarks with the escalated tension between the two governments over requisitioned workers lawsuits in mind. President Moon reportedly said in response that economic exchanges should be kept separate from politics, expressing hope for greater business exchanges between the two nations. Mainichi asserted that the president’s “calm” response marked a sharp contrast to corporate Japan’s deep concern about the status of bilateral relations.
NHK reported this morning that the Gyeonggi Province assembly has decided not to propose at its plenary session next month an ordinance requiring “war crime stickers” for products used by schools made by Japanese companies accused of “war crimes” during World War II amid criticism in the ROK that such a move would be “anachronistic,” “emotional,” and “ineffective.”